Yen's brick by brick post got me thinking. It seems the bricks in my walls may be falling down!!
Like many of you I really enjoy riding. However lately it seems my focus and the types of rides is taking a huge turn.
In June I sensed some burnout and fatigue after Mt Mitchell and some other Centuries so I intentionally backed off the harder riding and turned to my other hobby-golf. The golf game has gotten pretty good-in fact it is undoubtedly the best I've played in 40+ years-yeah!!!
However, the cycling performance indicators are continuing to spiral in a downward direction. I set a new PR in the Time Trials pre June but my recent times are the slowest in two years. I have not done a long organized ride since mid June.......that is a huge change from one a week pre-June!! The good news is that my weight as stayed down so the excellent nutritional habits have become a way of life. I'm just not as hungry for that faster time and improved performance over time as I've been in the past. I'm finding I'm enjoying the "lazy" easier paced rides more than the "don't stop and put forth all your effort" type of rides.
Grandfather Mountain looms in about 4 weeks. Right now I'm just not sure I'm in good enough shape to even tackle it. Four weeks before Mitchell I was in prime shape and worried I might peak too soon!! Obviously the next few weeks will dictate whether I even attempt Grandfather again this year. At best it would seem I'd be looking at it taking longer than I've ever done it-and probably suffer more than I ever have!!
I have signed up for a very hilly century in the NC mountains next weekend and it will be a good indicator of what kind of suffer fest I'm in for.
This is all new territory for me. I've always enjoyed having the focus and desire needed to continue to get a little better over time but right now for whatever reason it just ain't happening.
Maybe it's the continued hot weather, or the lingering emotions of moving my daughter across the US, my brother-in-law's diagnosis, lsing some of the novelty of cycling or all the above. Just don't know. I guess the next few weeks will tell.
Thanks for letting me share.........advice and others experiences is always welcome!!!